The Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along from Freshly Pieced looked like so much fun, but there was no way I could keep up with the schedule. I tried to resist the lure, but the versions popping up in her flickr group kept calling to me. I decided I could justify it if I used fabric I already had. Below is what my home shopping trip yielded. I debated the white background, and decided to go with grey. I just pulled this piece until I could order a solid grey, but over time that design grew on me and I decided to just use that as my background for the quilt.
Next came the cutting. I will admit that cutting a 25 inch strip of fabric 2.75 inches wide is annoying and slow. Luckily, I order my fabrics in half yard increments for the most part because if I was a fat quarter collector, this quilt would not have happened. It was also while I was cutting that I realized if I make just a couple more rows, I could expand this to a twin size quilt. That could help justify this quilt as a future bed quilt for the little girl, as opposed to yet another throw sized quilt that I already have enough of. Some of my ideas are better in my head than in reality (work wise, not common sense wise) :) This is also when I realized that for as many blocks as I needed, I was going to have to add some more fabric to the pull.
As stated before, the 25 inch strips take a lot of cutting and patience. The stack of strips for 29 blocks is shown below. Only 4 more to go!
Next step is the half block assembly. I can only do about 9 at a time because of the number of pins I have free to use. It is slow going, partially due to my time available and partially because I am doing other projects in-between.
I now have 33 halves complete. This is slow-going (even with strip piecing), but I think I am going to really like the finished product.
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